Wednesday Wait Loss 120

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss. Please share what you’ve been working on!

First let me tell you what I've been up to

Last week I went to Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City, returning home on Sunday.

My husband came with me and we had a lovely time driving down, stopping at one of our favorite restaurants in Illinois for lunch. We split a large steak and cheese sandwich and had a large cup of seafood chowder each. Yum! The Firefly Grill has a beautiful garden out front and a gorgeous pond out back. Sitting on their glassed-in porch was relaxing and fun, and the perfect set up for a week at Market!

I love finding oddities when I’m on a trip. These kooky garden animals caught my eye at a stop, as did this miniature arch that was outside a motel near the on-ramp. Kind of a fooler, isn’t it? <grin>

We arrived around dinnertime to a beautiful historic house in downtown Kansas City. I stayed there with my friends in the Quilting Collective.

Since the light was fading, we hurried to take photos of Facets, a quilt I finished on the way down. Later I’ll show you the quilt hanging in the Timeless Treasures booth. A pattern for Facets will soon be released with the Tonga Batiks Passport fabric collection for free download.

After driving all day and taking photos of my quilt, it was awesome to sit down immediately to a dinner we’d brought with us. Nothing could be simpler or more welcoming than eating in your own kitchen (even if it’s only on loan <grin>).

This is only a part of the fabulous space Scott and I shared during our visit. I’ll show you more in another installment of my Quilt Market report. I love the mix of modern and vintage! So cute and so inspiring with the mix of textures and colors.

I can’t wait to show you what I discovered at Market! I’ll start a series of posts later this week. Be sure to follow me if you’re interested in the latest trends and a birds-eye view of what it’s like to visit Quilt Market.

Well, that was my week!

Now let's see who made this week's feature

We had two new quilters join us last week, and I’d like to feature them.

First up is Kathleen @ Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm. Kathleen shared her version of Block 1 in The Garden Party. Isn’t it wonderful?

I really appreciate hand-stitching although I don’t do much of it anymore because I never have time and I’m not very good at it.

Kathleen is also participating in a “stitch what you see” challenge which is really intriguing to me. Drop by her blog to learn more.

Next up is Carol @ Quilt Schmilt, who shared the first of three quilts she’s making for a golf course fundraiser. Love this cute fabric, and that view! Awesome.

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Now it’s your turn to link up your works in progress and recently completed quilts! Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

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Sew Lets QAL: Block 6 Binding Clips

Hi! Welcome to Block 6 of the Sew Let’s Quilt Along!

Details of the quilt along are located on the Sew Lets QAL tab above, but here’s the short version: we’re presenting the blocks for this quilt along in segments. To win a prize, make all the blocks from that segment, then upload a photo of them all at the end of the segment.



This is Block 6 in the quilt along and the first block in Segment 2. To enter for the Segment 2 Prize, you will need to make the four Segment 2 blocks and post a photo of them at the end of Segment 2. The prize winner for Segment 2 will be announced on July 16th. Click here to view the QAL schedule and to learn more.

To enter for the Grand Prize at the end of the quilt along, you’ll need to either make a quilt using all 12 blocks in the quilt along, or make one or more projects that together include all the blocks. The quilt along doesn’t end until September 10th, but if you want to get a head start on making projects, here’s a link to a project suggestion.

The sixth block was designed by me, and it’s Binding Clips!

When I tried to think of what sewing related thing I wanted to include in my block, I simply had to do mini clips. I use them for binding of course, and for practically everything else.

Click below to download the Binding Clips block pattern.

Block 6: Binding Clips

I think you’ll like making this block because it’s fairly easy and there are no seams to match. <woot!> Still, there are a few things you should know to be successful. Before we get to my tips for this block, let’s talk about fabric selection.

My Fabric Pull for This Block

Mini clips come in a variety of colors and I wanted to include all those colors in my block: blue, red, orange, yellow, purple, and pink. You might choose to use a single color for your binding clips instead and that’s OK.

Regardless of which way you go, I highly recommend using solids or tone-on-tones for your binding clip fabrics.

Use a background fabric that contrasts well with the binding fabrics so your binding clips will show up well in the block. I chose white, but you could choose any color you like including black.

I recommend a fun print for the quilt backing, such as this adorable fox print by Tula Pink. Choose a matching print for the quilting binding. Make sure your binding print contrasts well with your binding clip fabrics. I chose that beautiful magenta shown here on the right. It’s a solid, but your binding fabric doesn’t have to be—as long as it contrasts with your binding fabrics.

Tip: You could get fancy and add a flange or large ric rac next to your binding if you want by simply sewing it into the seam between the binding and the background fabrics.

You’ll notice that binding clips have a silver spring in the center—I chose a solid grey for that. There is also an opening in the binding clip center just behind that silver spring—your background fabric will show through here so again make sure the background fabric contrasts well with your binding clip fabrics.

My Tips and Tutorials for Making This Block

As I mentioned earlier, my Binding Clips block is super easy to make and there are no matching seams! Here are my tips for success.

trim as you go

The units that make up each binding clip are smallish, so trimming them as you go is important. For example, trim Unit 1 to 2-1/2” square and Unit 2 to 1-1/2” x 2” as shown here.

After sewing the Clip Units together in Step 4, be sure to trim them as shown here.

The pattern tells you how to trim at each stage, so pay attention to that and take the time to trim as you go!

Pay Attention When Making the Half Clip Units!

There are two Half Clip Units at the top and bottom of the block. To make these you basically repeat the steps except that when making the center unit, you sew only one binder fabric rectangle to either to the top or the bottom of the grey-Background unit (see the completed yellow and orange middle units below).

So when assembling the Half Clip Units be sure to follow the steps in the pattern—watch for the placement of that Binder fabric in the center section, and trim as you go and you’ll be just fine.

Next you make Between Units that fit between the Clip Units. These are easy peasy because you’re only sewing two rectangles together. But again, be sure to trim to size as instructed in the pattern so your block will go together smoothly.

Assemble the Block

Layout the three Clip Units, two Half Clip Units, and the Between units and sew them together in a tall column as shown here. Trim the Clip Section to size like the pattern says, then add the Quilt Backing rectangle to the left and the Background rectangle to the right and you’ve got your block!

Pressing Issues

As I mentioned earlier, one of the awesome things about this block is that there are no seams to match. Woot! This means you don’t need to press a particular way to get connecting seams to nest together because there aren’t any!

If you want to follow my lead, here’s how I pressed my block.

trim the block to size

Be sure to press your block neatly so it lays flat, then trim it to 12-1/2” square.

Have fun with my block! I can’t wait to see your version!

Thanks for the Tips! Who else is making this block?

Remember, you can download my Binding Clips pattern by clicking the button you’ll find at the beginning of this post. Hurry! The pattern is only available for free until September 21st.

Here are the hosts for Segment 2. Drop by their blogs to view their versions of my block and to read their tips for making it.

Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter (that’s me!)

Abbie @ Sparkle On
April @ JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi @ Snowy Days Quilting
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Sherry @ Powered by Quilting
Becca @ Pretty Piney Quilts
Sandy @ SandyStar Designs

Time to Announce the Winner of the Segment 1 Prize Giveaway!

To enter our Segment 1 Prize Giveaway, you had to make all five blocks in Segment 1. If you missed a block you can still download the patterns so you can make the blocks and enter our Grand Prize giveaway at the end of the quilt along. Click here for more info.

And the winner is…

…being announced soon on Instagram (search for the hashtag #sewletsqal) and on our private Facebook group.

Congratulations Ethel Brake! I just heard you won our prize package for Segment 1:

I Didn’t Win. Can I Get a Do-Over? <wink>

Well, not exactly, but you can make the four blocks for Segment 2 and enter to win the Segment 2 giveaway (you enter after we present all the blocks in Segment 2—click here to view the quilt along schedule).

Here’s what you might win by making all the Segment 2 blocks:

Plus you’ll receive a free PDF pattern of your choice for each of these Partners in Design:

You’ll need to make all the blocks if you want to enter the Grand Prize giveaway at the end of the quilt along. If you need block patterns you’ve missed, click here to learn where to get them.

Thanks for stopping by! The next block in Segment 2 will be released June 4th.

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Wednesday Wait Loss 119

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss. Please share what you’ve been working on!

First let me tell you what I've been up to

Last week was mostly spent in the wonderful company of my daughter as she graduated from college and moved back home.

Now I’m on my way to Quilt Market in Kansas City! I can’t wait to hook up with friends and colleagues as we celebrate the best of quilting. Be sure to follow me as I share what I see.

By the way, I finished a Quilt Market quilt last week, and I’ll be showing it to you after I get photos of it hanging in the Timeless Treasures booth. I’ve got three quilts hanging in the Island Batik booth so I’ll be sharing those as well!

Well, that was my week!

Now let's see who made this week's feature

There were a lot of beautiful quilts linked up last week! Here are my favorites.

First up is Anja @ Anja Quilts, who shared the quilt she’s making for the Medallion Magic Quilt Along. Isn’t is wonderful so far? I can’t wait to see how this one progresses.

Next up is Jocelyn @ Canadian Needle Nana, who shared her Photograph blocks, which remind me of a modern version of an Eye Spy block. Jocelyn also shared an intriguing recipe and a funny story about a robin. Be sure to pay her a visit!

Finally, I want to give a shout out to Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts, who will be having her first booth at Quilt Market this week! Here’s Hydra, one of Laura’s new patterns.

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Time to link up!

Now it’s your turn to link up your works in progress and recently completed quilts! Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • By linking up, you give me permission to grab a photo or two to share here on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.

  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.

  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.

  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

I appreciate you!

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I’d really hate to lose you over this change because we have such a great weekly group! If needed, you can send me your images via email and I’ll add them manually.

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Stomp the Seal!

My daughter graduated from college this past weekend, and that made it an extra special Mother’s Day.

Katerina graduated from a small private liberal arts college in Ohio that’s full of lovely traditions—one of which is to “stomp the seal.” The seal of the school is set at the crossroads of two major sidewalks that cross the main lawn of the campus and the legend is that if you step on the seal while an undergraduate, you won’t graduate. So as freshman, they are led through the campus on a long tour that culminates at the seal where they are told of it’s history and given the warning not to step on it until they graduate. My daughter took this seriously as did her other classmates and reverently stepped around the seal anytime her path took her that way across campus.

At graduation, the newly christened alums take a shorter tour around Myers Hall (the original administration building) to the seal where they proudly stomp on it. Before graduation day, I got a photo Katerina pretending to avoid the seal. To avoid any accidents, the seal was covered at the beginning of commencement, then revealed just as the graduates rounded the corner to stomp on it and declare their intention to seize this bright new world that was opening before them.

Katerina is a quilter, but she hasn’t sewn much since she entered college. Now that she’s graduated I don’t know if she’ll suddenly take up quilting again since she’ll probably be busy looking for that perfect job while working towards her Masters, but I hope she comes back to it someday.

As beginning quilters, we often choose to avoid the “seals” others have laid before us such as these

  • Always press to the dark

  • Never attempt curved piecing/paper piecing/applique because it’s too hard

  • Don’t quilt your own quilts until you can do it perfectly and without any puckers

  • Always use fabrics like those shown on the pattern cover because if you choose what you like, you may mess up your quilt

I’m tired of seals, aren’t you? I say we should take a cue from the graduates of Katerina’s college and every once in a while, get brave and stomp that seal!

I can’t resist sharing how Katerina decorated her cap. It’s so her!

PS—-I leave soon for Kansas City and Quilt Market. Be sure to follow my blog as I share the latest and greatest in quilt fabrics, tools, and techniques straight from the Market floor!

Tell me…what “sealS” are you avoiding?

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